Associate Professor in Social Psychology

Trondheim, Norway
07 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
11 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Psychology has vacant a permanent full-time position as associate professor in social psychology. The option to apply for promotion to a full professor post is available.

The Department of Psychology currently has approximately 1300 students and more than 140 employees. The Department holds a large and diverse research community covering a variety of disciplines within psychology. We offer a study program in clinical psychology in addition to studies at bachelors-, masters- and PhD level. The Department has three outpatient clinics that offer outpatient treatment as part of the educational program in clinical psychology. The Department participates in extensive local, national, and international research collaborations.

As an associate professor at the Department of Psychology, you will be part of an active research environment with the goal of further developing the field of study. You should have good collaboration skills and should aim to create a good performance environment within the field of study. You will be involved in course planning and ensure that quality is upheld when teaching bachelor’s and master’s degree courses, as well as the clinical program in psychology. At the same time, you will be available for the students and provide academic supervision throughout the study programs. It is expected that you participate in the administrative tasks related to program coordination, courses, examination work, meetings and committee work. 

You will report to the Head of Department. 

Duties of the position

  • Initiate and strengthen research within social psychology
  • Contribute to international research dissemination and publication in social psychology 
  • Be a driving force to develop and further advance research projects and applications for research funding 
  • Teach the subject of social psychology and related areas of instruction in the programs and courses the department offers 
  • Provide academic guidance in social psychology to students at all academic levels 
  • Participate in planning and execution of educational activities according to program descriptions, and evaluation and further development of educational activities and relevant study programs, including continuing and post qualifying education
  • It is expected that you take on an elected or honorary appointment for a period 
  • Examination work 
  • Administrative duties 

Employees are expected to comply with any decisions resulting from organizational changes and the development of the discipline. 

Required qualifications 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor in the field of psychology, as outlined in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of psychology. If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted by the application deadline, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position. 
  • Have a master’s degree or equivalent in psychology.
  • Be qualified for a position as associate professor within the field of social psychology in accordance with the requirements set out in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts, and demonstrate that you are an active researcher within this discipline.
  • Have very good knowledge of research methods in psychology (qualitative and/or quantitative) 
  • Have very good oral and written presentation skills in English. 

You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

If you do not command a Scandinavian language, you must within three years demonstrate knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to Norwegian for Foreigners, Level 3, offered by the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU

Preferred qualifications

  • Publication of research results in renowned international journals will be emphasized. Emphasis is primarily placed on scientific work during the last five years with any statutory leave of absence deducted. Emphasis will also be placed on the ability to initiate and lead research and development work.
  • A strong background in psychology in general and good knowledge of psychological processes across cultures.
  • Good knowledge about cultural diversity and intergroup relations
  • Experience in teaching and academic guidance in the university and/or university college sector 
  • Previous teaching experience within the relevant field of study is an advantage 
  • Experience with student-active teaching strategies and digital teaching 
  • Documented ability to acquire competitive funding

Personal qualities

  • Motivation to contribute to a good working environment 
  • Collaboration oriented 
  • Responsible 
  • Independent 
  • Flexible

We offer 

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

Salary and conditions

As a Associate Professor code 1011 you are normally paid from gross 626 300 NOK  per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. As required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.   

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. 

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis. 

About the application

The application and description of the scientific work that will form the basis for assessment must be written in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • Publication list: A description of the scientific work within the field of social psychology you consider most significant, and which you would particularly have taken into account during evaluation (up to five works)
  • Scientific work - published or unpublished - that you would like to be taken into account during evaluation (up to ten works). Emphasis will be put on published work.
  • Research plan A brief overview of projects you have managed with information about funding, duration and size
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically,   (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU)
  • Name and address of three relevant referees

If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. Our assessment of the pedagogical skills will be based on documented pedagogical material, forms of presentation in your academic works, teaching experience, PhD, and Masters supervision, and any other relevant pedagogical background. Both quality and scope will be taken into consideration.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. (tas bort hvis ikke aktuelt)  

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please Head of Department, Magne Arve Flaten by e-mail:

If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Kristin Skogen, e-mail

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. Please mark application with reference number SU-838

Application deadline: 11.04.2023

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Department of Psychology

Our research and teaching are based on five perspectives: biological, cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology. We offer a clinical programme in psychology as well as study programmes in the psychology of learning and in work and organizational psychology. We have also three outpatient clinics in which we treat patients as part of the clinical programme. The Department of Psychology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 11th April 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Dragvoll

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